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Over a hundred farmers booked for sedition by Haryana Police—Here’ why

Over a hundred farmers have been charged by the Haryana Police for sedition after they allegedly attacked and damaged the official vehicle of Deputy Speaker Ranbir Gangwa during a protest. The farmers were protesting against the new farm laws and the members of the ruling BJP-Jannayak Janata party alliance. The police registered the FIR on...

SC to examine the constitutional validity of sedition law, raises concerns over its misuse

The Supreme Court on Thursday questioned the government if the British-era sedition law was still required in India after 75 years of independence, terming the law as “colonial”. The remarks came from the Chief Justice of India NV Ramana as the apex court said it would examine the validity of the sedition law and sought...

IPS officer of ADG rank booked for sedition—Here’s why

An IPS officer of the additional director general rank, who was already under suspension in a disproportionate assets case, has been charged with sedition by the Chhattisgarh police. The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) and the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of the Chhattisgarh government have conducted raids at the premises of IPS officer GP Singh. Notably, police...

Sedition case against Aisha Sultana” Kerala HC refuses stay on proceedings

Kochi: The Kerala High Court has refused to grant a stay on proceedings in the sedition case registered against Lakshadweep-based film-maker Aisha Sultana. The case was registered by Karavatti police for Sultana’s controversial comments against the central government. The court refused to stay on the grounds that the investigation was at a “nascent stage”. With...

SC quashes sedition charges against Vinod Dua, says “journalists entitled to protection”

Days after saying that criticising the government cannot be termed sedition, the Supreme Court on Thursday cancelled a sedition case against veteran journalist Vinod Dua. The apex court also clarified that a 1962 order in the Kedar Nath Singh case protects every journalist from such charges. Case against Vinod Dua Based on a complaint by...

SC says criticising the govt cannot be termed sedition

The Supreme Court on Monday said that criticising the government cannot be termed sedition and it is high time for the court to define what sedition is in the context of freedom of the press. The bench headed by Justice DY Chandrachud made the remarks while hearing a plea filed by two Telugu news channels—TV...

BJP’s Rajya Sabha MP charged with sedition for destabilising govt

BJP’s Rajya Sabha MP and chief of the party’s Jharkhand unit, Deepak Prakash, has been charged with sedition. A sedition case has been registered against him for allegedly trying to destabilise the Hemant Soren government in Dumka district. Notably, bye-election is scheduled in Dumka on November 3. Deepak Prakash, during a press conference on Friday,...

Editors guild condemns police action against Guj journalist, others

The Editors Guild of India on Wednesday condemned the string of police action being reported against journalists across the country. In a letter, it called such reports as disturbing. It said there was “a growing pattern of misuse of criminal laws” to intimidate journalists. The guild cited two instances – one from Gujarat and another...